$10K to Move to Arkansas, New GM Cards, Netflix Raises Prices, Belize Travel Rules and Fedex Wants Lasers on Planes

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News Roundup

This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Read about Arkansas offering $10K in Bitcoin and bike, three new GM cards, Netflix is raising prices, Belize safe travel requirements, and FedEx asks FAA to install anti-missile lasers on planes.

Arkansas is offering $10K in Bitcoin and bike to relocate there

Northwest Arkansas hopes to lure remote tech workers and entrepreneurs to the region by offering them $10,000 worth of Bitcoin and a bicycle.

Northwest Arkansas has more than 10,000 job openings and a shortage of talent to fill available STEAM [science, technology, engineering, art or math] jobs, according to the Life Works Here initiative website, which is aimed at attracting professionals to the area. 

Remote workers with jobs or entrepreneurs who are self-employed can apply for either $10,000 in cash or Bitcoin. Recipients will also receive a street or mountain bicycle to explore the outdoors. 

Marcus By Goldman Sachs Announces Three New GM Cards

Marcus By Goldman Sachs has now launched three new GM cards and provided information for existing users.

Marcus by Goldman Sachs will begin servicing current GM accounts on February 22. You can use your old card until your new one arrives.

Netflix is raising prices

The streaming media company said Friday it is raising the prices on its plans in the United States and Canada. The company said the price increase would help pay for new programming to compete in the crowded streaming TV market.

In the United States, the subscription price for the standard plan rose $1.50 to $15.49. The basic plan went up $1 to $9.99 and the premium plan increased $2 to $19.99

Belize Tourism Board Announces New Safe Travel Requirements

Belize Tourism Board (BTB), the official tourism organization for Belize, has released new safe travel standards for any persons entering the country. Effective Feb. 15, 2022, all visitors are required to apply for Belize Travel Health Insurance – a mandatory insurance that helps protect travelers against incurred medical and non-medical expenses, if they test positive for COVID-19 during their stay in Belize.

The cost of the policy is $18 USD and provides coverage for up to $50,000 USD in medical expenses related to treatment of COVID-19 for a period of 21 days. This insurance plan will come online under the country’s public health regulations and provide cover for lodging expenses due to quarantine up to $2,000 USD (max $300/day USD). Travelers will also be covered for emergency assistance services such as air evacuation and emergency expenses related to pre-existing conditions. Furthermore, it covers trip cancellations and expenses incurred by COVID-19 positive travelers for extended stays.

FedEx Asks FAA to Let It Install Anti-Missile Lasers on Planes

With the right military equipment, a single person can target a plane from three miles away using a heat-seeking missile. While such a nightmare is a rare occurrence, FedEx has applied to the FAA seeking approval to install a laser-based, anti-missile defense system on its cargo planes as an added safety measure.

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